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–Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Management Practice, Babson Global

Resources & Links

Economic Development Around Texas

AgriLife CED  

Entrepreneurs & Their Communities

Texas Wide Open for Business

Texas Economic Development Council - The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) is an Austin-based, statewide professional association dedicated to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Texas. TEDC provides information, educational and legislative services to nearly 900 members.

Regional Economic Development Networks
Texas Economic Development Directory - regional listing of most economic development organizations and corporations in the state.

High Ground of Texas -  is a coalition of communities and organizations cooperatively marketing this region. This area has all of the elements expanding and relocating companies want in a site. We will match your inquiry to the locations that best fit your needs. The High Ground offers unique opportunities and is a territory which encompasses the West Texas region. Membership includes cities ranging in population from 250,000 to less than 5,000. Regardless of size, these cities are aggressive and actively involved in the pursuit of growth through economic development and networking.

Texas Midwest Community Network -  is a coalition of communities working together to recruit business in a region that encompasses portions of North, Central and West Texas.

The Right Corner of Texas - economic development site highlighting opportunities in Northeast Texas.

Institute for Economic Development - is a conduit to economic development services for small to medium-sized businesses in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, with specialized services available nationwide.

Texas Area Councils of Government - map and listing of all COGs in Texas

Fort Worth Business Assistance Center - The Fort Worth Business Assistance Center (the BAC), a division of the Housing & Economic Development Department of the City of Fort Worth, is a one-stop shop for small business.  The BAC is comprised of 12 service providers. Each service provider offers an array of resources for those who want to start, buy or expand a business. Entrepreneurs can find a wealth of information through educational workshops and professional business counseling services.  The BAC offers assistance with business plans, financing options, market research, M/WBE (minority-and women-owned businesses) certification, a computer lab, procurement assistance and access to capital.

Tim Berry discusses business planning on YouTube

Segment 1 of 8 Introduction
Segment 2 of 8 Situation Analysis  
Segment 3 of 8 Developing Strategy
Segment 4 of 8 Develop the Plan  
Segment 5 of 8 Do the Numbers
Segment 6 of 8 Forecasting  
Segment 7 of 8 Implementing the Plan
Segment 8 of 8 Sources of more information

Rural Entrepreneurship, Business Planning, and Other Related Topics

AURI Agricultural Utilization Research Institute - Minnesota      
Entrepreneur Magazine  
Business Planning Software from Palo Alto Software
Small and Midsized Business Reviews
Small Business Administration

Crowdfunding Sources  

Texas Entrepreneur Network

Data Sources

Bureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. Census Bureau

Economic Profile System – -Human Dimensions Toolkit from Headwaters Economics from Headwaters Economics

National Agricultural Statistics Service – Texas

Texas Labor Market Information  Texas Workforce Commission provides statistics and analyses on the dynamics of the Texas labor market and informational products designed to support informed educational and career decisions.

Texas State Data Center  Office of the State Demographer serves as the focal point for the distribution of Census information for Texas. The Center also disseminates population estimates and projections for Texas, as well as other information from the federal government, state government, and other sources.

Census of Agriculture

Business Tools

GrowThink Business Planning Guide ...identifies the 10 most common reasons businesses fail and incorporates them into a business planning guide.

Energizing Entrepreneurs - site with numerous development tools

InfoUSA is a leading provider of business and consumer information products, database marketing services, data processing services and sales and marketing solutions.


Small Business Incubators are an important ingredient to the success of entrepreneurs and communities across rural Texas.

List of Texas Business Incubators

Selected Incubators

The Kitchen Space - Austin's premier commercial kitchen rental facility. It has been specifically designed for small food businesses that need a large, commercial kitchen but cannot afford to set up their own. It is also perfect for individuals or groups who want to experience the pleasure of cooking in a large commercial kitchen equipped with commercial-grade appliances.

Just Add Chef- 24 hours/7 days per week commercial kitchen located in downtown Austin consisting of approximately 400 square feet of prep and cooking space, and the equivalent in staging space. Refrigeration and dry goods storage is available. The kitchen is located just south of the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Red River.

The Kitchen @ Preston Trail - 650Sq. ft of a fully commercial kitchen